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Ideas sought for new trailhead park name

Park Board wants public’s input

The new trailhead park at Broadway and Madison streets in Streator needs a name.

The Park Board is asking for the public's help.

Park Board members are seeking a name that has a historic significance or relevant tie to either the park's neighborhood or to the city in general.

The city has received two unsolicited suggestions. One idea was to call the park Twister Hill Trailhead Park. Twister Hill is the informal name associated with the neighborhood prior to the demolition of most of the homes south of the high school. "Twister" is a form of early glass blowing used in Streator, and this area was settled by many of the German glass blowers.

Another idea was to call the park Bulldog Park, because of its proximity to Streator High School and the idea that the park could play host to sculptures created by high school students.

Park Board member Tim Martin asked if the panel was overlooking a historic figure or a good idea, to which park board members agreed asking the public for help makes sure all ideas are explored.

Ideas should be given to City Clerk Patricia Henderson at City Hall, 204 S. Bloomington St., or by emailing or by calling 815-672-2517, ext. 232.

Suggestions should include some information on why the name was chosen. The deadline to submit ideas is Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The Park Board will make a recommendation for the trailhead park from the ideas that are submitted, then the City Council will make the final decision.

Additionally Wednesday, the Park Board agreed to ask high school art classes for assistance in creating a logo to mark and identify trails. Many cities use unique logos to mark and publicize their trail system. These logos would go on markings to help direct to or keep visitors on the trails.

The Park Board also agreed to pursue a grant to extend the trail roughly a mile north from its north boundary at the end of West First Street to Oakley Avenue.

The panel decided to table suggestions on equestrian usage on the trails, asking Lois Guyon, who is a rider, to take her horse along the trail and give feedback on any possible concerns at a future meeting.

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